Borderlines Podcast #115 – The Walls Have Eyes, Artificial Intelligence in Border Surveillance, with Petra Molnar

Steven MeurrensUncategorized

  Petra Molnar is a lawyer and anthropologist specializing in migration and human rights. We discuss her recent book, The Walls Have Eyes Surviving Migration in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Topics include the use of technology at borders, surveillance, the role of the private sector, the border industrial complex, Palantir and other companies, whether … Read More

Maintained (Implied) Status – What It is, and What Changed Recently

Meurrens LawWork Permits

Maintained (previously known as implied) status is perhaps one of the most misunderstood concepts of Canada’s immigration system.  Many mistakenly question its legality.  Others fail to appreciate its unique requirements, and abruptly find themselves without status.   Recent procedural changes and court decisions in Canada have only added to the confusion. Implied Status Regulations 183(5), 186(u), … Read More

Requests for Extensions of Time

Steven MeurrensUncategorized

Navigating the immigration process with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can be challenging, especially when it comes to meeting strict deadlines for submitting required documents. If someone finds themselves needing more time, requesting an extension is possible. Understanding the Need for an Extension Various reasons might necessitate an extension to submit documents, such as … Read More

Work Permits for Vulnerable Workers

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Section 207.1 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (the “IRPR”) states that (modified for ease of reading): 207.1 (1) A work permit may be issued under section 200 to a foreign national in Canada if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the foreign national is experiencing or is at risk of experiencing abuse in … Read More

Borderlines Podcast #114 – Are Immigration Policies Hurting Canada’s Economy, with Mikal Skuterud

Steven MeurrensUncategorized

  Mikal Skuterud is a Professor at the University of Waterloo. We discuss the impact of immigration on housing prices, foreign workers, lumping Francophone migration objectives under economic immigration, international graduates facing barriers to immigrating and more. Mikal’s previous appearance on Borderlines can be downloaded here. The former immigration minister interviews that Mikal mentions include … Read More

IRCC/ESDC Employer Compliance Inspections

Meurrens LawLabour Market Impact Assessments, Work Permits

All employers of temporary foreign workers in Canada need to understand how the employer compliance regime works.  Both Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) as well as the Department of Employment and Social Development (“ESDC”) regularly audit and inspect the employers of foreign workers to make sure that they are complying with the Temporary Foreign … Read More

Understanding the Citizenship Revocation Process

Meurrens LawCitizenship Applications and Revocations

Between 1977 and 2010 only 63 people had their citizenship revoked.  In July, 2011, Jason Kenney, then the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (“Minister Kenney“), announced that as many as 1,800  Canadians could be stripped of their citizenship because they obtained their citizenship fraudulently. The 1,800 individuals were identified following a three-year investigation by the … Read More